Come get the blues in downtown Snoqualmie
June 20, 2012
The blues will come to Snoqualmie this weekend.
The city’s downtown merchants association is hosting the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival June 23-24, to celebrate music, food and the area’s Main Street culture.
The festival’s headliners are Guitarist Brian Butler, harmonica player Paul Green and guitarist Nick Vigarino.
Butler and Green will perform together at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom at 8 p.m. June 23. Vigarino and his band will perform at 6 p.m. June 24 at The Black Dog Café for a barbecue dinner and concert.
All three musicians are Washington Blues Society award-winners. The society has even named its “Best of Harmonica” award after Green.
The festival will also feature local artists, such as North Bend’s Rich Helzerman and Snoqualmie’s Richard Stewart.
They will perform together at a lunchtime concert June 23 from noon to 2 p.m. on the patio of Bindlestick Coffee and Beer House, across the street from the train depot in downtown Snoqualmie.
“Blues music is an indigenous art form born in the hearts of those who worked the fields and the rails,” festival coordinator Kim Ewing said in a press release.
A rock ‘n’ roll band, Dorian Blu, will perform at a benefit for Three Rivers Animal Rescue June 23 at The Black Dog Café. The benefit will keep on the southern blues theme by serving a dinner of catfish and hush puppies.
This is the first year of the festival, organized by the brewery, the two coffeehouses, the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory and other members of the Historic Downtown Snoqualmie Merchants Association.
“We may be competitors on some level but we recognize the importance of working together to create the kind of environment that consistently draws economic traffic to our neighborhood,” Ewing wrote in the release. “The more traffic downtown, the better it is for all of us. The festival is the first event in a summer campaign designed to attract Snoqualmie Valley tourists downtown and keep the locals interested.”
Musical performances are free of charge. Learn more at www.blackdogsnoqualmie.com.